Dunedin, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Prospects provided a glimpse of the future as Carlos Correa homered twice and Jon Singleton added a solo shot to carry the Houston Astros to a 7-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday at Florida Auto Exchange.
Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, and Singleton hit back-to-back homers in the top of the third inning off Blue Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers, who allowed four runs over his three innings of work.
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel gave up six hits with two strikeouts in four shutout frames to earn his second win of Spring Training. Chia-Jen Lo pitched a 2/3 scoreless inning for his second save as the Astros improved to 7-6.
Keuchel has yet to surrender an earned run during the Grapefruit League season in nine innings of work.
It was a rough afternoon for starter Esmil Rogers (0-1) as he surrendered five hits and two walks despite recording six strikeouts for the Blue Jays (6-8).
“My pitches were a little bit high, I lost my control and tried to bring it back,” said Rogers, who was making his fourth appearance of the spring. “I gave up a couple of homers back to back and tried to bring back all of my pitches again.”
Outfielder Melky Cabrera was one of the standouts on offense for the Blue Jays as he went 2-for-3 with a double. Reyes also went 2-for-3 with the RBI and a run scored before he was lifted from the game after the fifth inning for Ryan Goins.
Houston opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. Rogers walked two of the first three batters he faced and eventually surrendered a two-run single off the bat of Cesar Izturis.
The Astros continued their production in the following inning as Correa and Singleton launched their first home runs of the spring.
The Blue Jays eventually got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jose Reyes got an RBI on a grounder to short and Jose Bautista later sent another runner across the plate with a sacrifice fly to center field. The final run of the inning came on an RBI double by Blue Jays infielder Dan Johnson.
Correa put the game away with his second homer, a two-run drive off Toronto right-hander Neil Wagner that plated Gregorio Petit, who had doubled to lead off the eighth.